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Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm

Collection: Ampex Corporation Records

Item Identification: M1230_s3_346

Rights: Rights are owned by Stanford University Libraries. All Rights Reserved. This includes all rights now in existence or which may hereafter come into existence in the Ampex Historical Collection, including but not limited to print, audio, electronic, video, CD ROM, photographic, digital and film, and all revenues deriving from copyright exploitation.   This work is protected by copyright law. No part of the materials may be derived, copied, photocopied, reproduced, translated or reduced to any electronic medium or machine readable form, in whole or in part, without specific permission from the copyright holder. For permission requests, please contact the Public Services Librarian at Stanford University Libraries, speccollref@stanford.edu.


Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP).


Run time 00:27:49
Producer Ampex Corporation
Audio/Visual Sound, Black and White
Language English
Contact Information Manuscripts Division and University Archives, Stanford University. Phone reference service is by appointment only. Please send an email to: speccollref@stanford.edu to set up an appointment to speak with a staff member. Please send reference questions to: speccollref@stanford.edu.

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Reviewer: camera1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2015
Subject: About the narrator
Robert W. Day:
Growing up in Depression-weary Oakland, California, Bob Day worked a variety of jobs to help the family, but he soon found he had an unusual gift for radio. Even as a young man, his rich bass voice commanded attention and his ability to "rip-and-read" with ease moved him ahead of more senior announcers.

A familiar figure in Bay Area radio during the 1950s, he hosted KGO-TV's "San Francisco Sketchbook," and later the popular "Success Story" series on live television. After that show's Ampex episode, he was lured away from broadcasting to introduce the video tape recorder with a nationwide tour in the "Ampex Video Cruiser," a 40-ft custom bus with cameras, the video tape machine, a crew of ten people and five-thousand vacuum tubes.

As the voice of Ampex, Bob Day continued as corporate story-teller, using television produced on video tape -"teleproduction"- on and off the Ampex campus for the next 35 years. Many of today's production techniques were pioneered a quarter-century ago by Day trying to tell a fresh story in the competition- charged cauldron of NAB's four-day grind. Techniques such as interactive video, quick-cut editing, synchronized multi-screen presentations... were pioneered in analog with just a typewriter, a stopwatch and what George Bush would later call "the vision thing!"

His brand of story-telling, which began on radio as just a voice in the dark, went on to illuminate television's transition from "staged" to "stored" images. It is widely acknowledged that Bob Day's work influenced other creative minds to enrich the vocabulary of video production.

On June 28, 1994, he died peacefully in his sleep. He was a loyal friend, a good guy who suffered fools with compassion. He never missed a cue and he always knew his lines.
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